Arctic Beauty Kiwi
Most kiwi vines are grown for delicious fruit (see the entry on Kiwi), but some are prized for their flamboyant foliage. Clusters of small, fragrant, white flowers appear in early summer. Female varieties produce a bonus crop of small, tasty fruits, but male plants (which are nonfruiting) typically have better leaf color.
Kiwi vines grow best in fertile, well-drained soil. They climb by twining, so provide a sturdy support and train new stems into place as they lengthen. Thin out growth in late dormant season, and trim stems to fit support.Actinidia kolomikta
This native of eastern Asia grows rapidly to 15 ft. or more, producing a marvelous foliage mass of 3–5-in.-long leaves with an elongated heart shape: some in solid green, others white-splashed green, and others green that is heavily variegated in pink to red. Colors are best in cool weather or in partial shade in warmer zones.
Widely planted hybrid between S. cantoniensis and S. trilobata. The classic bridal w...
Native to Europe and Asia. Grows to 1 1/2–3 1/2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with 4–6-in. leav...
Foliage is variegated green and gold. Red stems.